Last winter we decided to explore a new spot for kitesurfing: Watamu in Kenya. It’s not an exaggeration that this place is truly amazing! Not only that it offers perfect kite conditions … also the surroundings, the landscapes and the culture are so worth to discover.
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There are things we can be happy about when we don’t need them … anyway it’s good that they exist in case of emergency! Like for us watersports addicts this could be a self-inflating backup that might safe your life through offering buyoancy to keep yourself above the water surface – whilst it’s compact and lightweight in it’s inactive state and, super important, never gets in your way when you’re riding.
Restube produces such safety floats and provided me the sports version which I tested for this article.
Lately I talked to Maroean Mones who is the founder and owner of Girlzactive, a company who organizes women’s only kiteboarding camps and boardsport events all over the world. While working in the corporate banking/financial world after university she took her first kitesurf lession in 2013. Finally she asked herself “Is this all?” and officialy started Girlzactive in November 2014. She did the kite instructor license, teaches and organizes the Girlzactive trips together with her team. Currently she lives all over the world while her house is in Utrecht/Netherlands.
It was really amazing to hear the thoughts of a women who just DID it – she decided to take a risk and followed her heart – and now lives the surfing lifestyle everyday. Which doesn’t mean that this isn’t also a lot of work, it’s even the opposite!
Read more about the spirit of Girlzactive, Maroean’s rituals, the kitesurf-boyfriend-thing and the cliché about catfights in women’s groups in this interview.
Nothing is like it used to …
… or some may say: Things used to be much better. I guess you heard that more than one time from your grandparents? 😉 Well, I don’t think this way at all. I am talking about my life before I started kitesurfing and now. This cannot be compared anymore!
Since I was hooked to a kite for the first time a lot has changed for me. More than I would ever have expected. And I’m not exaggerating!
Maybe it’s not the same for everybody, maybe some experience it more, some less intensive. In my case the kite-regarded impacts did massively affect different levels of my life: my personality, my relationships, my daily organization, my jobs. May sound unbelievably, but it’s true. Continue reading How kitesurfing changed my life